Month: December 2020

  • Book review: A Great and Glorious Game by Bart Giamatti

    A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti by A. Bartlett Giamatti My rating: 5 of 5 stars I like baseball (a lot), but I don’t love baseball. (College basketball is my true obsession.) But Bart Giamatti’s essays about baseball makes me wish that I loved baseball as much as he did…

  • Book review: Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

    Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first novel in a mystery series with an interesting premise. The hero, Lord Wrexford, is a member of the aristocracy and very scientifically minded. The heroine, A.J. Quill, is a satirical artist, who seems to know facts about…

  • Book review: The Secret Lives of Codebreakers by Sinclair McKay

    The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay My rating: 3 of 5 stars You have to set your expectations when reading this book. First and foremost, the author is British, so, not surprisingly, Bletchley Park and the contributions by the British codebreakers…

  • Book review: The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman by Brian Holden-Reid

    The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman by Brian Holden-Reid My rating: 4 of 5 stars The author of this book has a definite viewpoint, which is that William Tecumseh Sherman got a bad rap and was not the savage butcher and scourge of the South that he has been portrayed to…

  • Thanksgiving 2020

    Relief is probably the thought uppermost in most people’s minds–relief that this year is finally drawing to a close. Relief and hope that 2021 will be an improvement. Thanksgiving for our family is always an opportunity to remember our many blessings (and to eat lots of food). We feel fortunate that our extended families are…